Date Joined: January 8, 2010
Last Online: May 25, 2013
Birthday: May 10
I have moved. My new address is the one now in the system. We (myself and the post) believe the mail problem was inside my apartment building. My landlady was no help at all. I hope the move settles this problem. (April 25)
Hi, I am: Dawn, 36-going-on-12, (let's just say I embrace my inner child a little too tightly sometimes) ;) , a Vancouverite, a dirt-loving, tree-hugging hippie and Pagan. I love to collect (and use) cloth bags of all sorts. I am always happy to join a swap for re-usable shopping bags. I don't have a favorite colour but I tend to wear 'earth tones' and I love bright accessories. I always carry bobby pins in my purse in case I find a flower for my hair.
I have a long-term boyfriend (Walter) that is the sweetest ever! He is ten years older than me but pretty much the same age on the inside. We live together (9 years this Spring) and don't plan on getting married. We don't have children and don't want any. My mother (our roommate) is happy with these arrangements!
I started crocheting when I was young but never got that interested until I was in my 20's. Now it is my main craft. I love making intarsia scarves and panels. I have worked with a local Haida artist to make 2 patterns from his art. Usually I make my own patterns. I have only just started selling these locally. I also like to make cute little amigurumi stuffies. I am still learning these and would love any tips you may have to share.
I am a texture junkie! I love the way things feel. Unless it feels gross, ie 70's polyester. I have a vast yarn collection. I love natural fibres both plant and animal (if we are in a swap together please tell me if you prefer vegan-friendly yarns). Some of my faves are silk, merino, hemp, bamboo, etc.
Jewellery is a life-long love. I like to make and collect pretty gems. I often buy broken and mismatched jewellery bags at thrift shops. I salvage and up-cycle a lot of fun things; bracelets, necklaces, earrings, phone charms, etc.
I love being introduced to new things, especially crafts and arts. New things I have tried since joining include: polymer clay charms, zentangle, hand-made envies, ATCs and a few others.
My boyfriend also creates. He has been trained in Totem pole carving in the Haida style. He has done small wood carvings as well (in his own styles). He also sometimes carves rune stones when we know people that need them. He is always looking for new projects and ideas. He is also an amazing cook and LOVES old recipes! If you wish to share any he would be delighted!
I love to read and have been doing so longer than I've been crafting! I learned to read very young by reading over my mother's shoulder in bed. It was probably not the best because she read romances a lot then! Haha Those are about the only books I NEVER read! Some fave authors/ series: Terry Pratchett!!, Neil Gaiman, Warren Ellis, Douglas Adams, John Barnes, Orson Scott Card, Vernor Vinge. John Barnes
Discworld series, Stephanie Plum series, Gaiman's Sandman comics, Transmetropolitan series, comics drawn by Dave McKlean.
My music tastes are all over the place! I love old rock classics, 80's, 90's, dance, techno, jazz, classical, swing, industrial, even some Top 40. Some examples: Pink Floyd, The Eagles, The Monks, Pixies, Violent Femmes, Fleetwood Mac, ZZ Top, Lords of Acid, Sublime, Tori Amos, Ani DiFranco, Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald, Kid Rock, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, Brian Setzer Orchestra, Amy Winehouse, David Usher/Moist, Eminem, Dixie Chicks, Dire Straits, Feist, Lavay Smith, Nappy Roots, Nine Inch Nails, Lady Gaga, Scissor Sisters, The Duke Spirit.
I don't really watch a lot of TV ( I hate the ads!), but I will watch full seasons on DVD and episodes online. Some favorite shows include: Simpsons, Robot Chicken, The Muppet Show, Big Bang Theory, The IT Crowd, Weeds, Mad Men, South Park, Sons of Anarchy, Bones, NCIS (I love Abby!), Criminal Minds, Dead Like Me, Rome, Metalocalypse, etc. I guess this list could get longer than I thought. Haha
As for movies, I don't go to them very often and rarely take the time to watch them at home. That being said, I do still like to curl up with some popcorn and watch something funny. Some movies I like are: Coraline, Alice in Wonderland (most versions), Requiem for a Dream, Calendar Girls, Kinky Boots, Shrek (all of them), Monty Python movies.
I also have a weakness for internet cartoons. Foamy the Squirrel is my absolute fave!
FOR WALTER: He is teaching himself to sew corsets and is in need of busks (the hooks that go down the front of the corset). If anybody has access to these and would like to set up a private swap for some (they come in pairs) I would be more than happy!
THEMES: Steampunk, Goth, Gothic-Lolita, Art Deco, Art Nouveau, 50's housewife, Bettie Page, Pin-up, Burlesque, Vaudeville, Old or Vintage Circus, Freakshow/ Sideshow, Pirates (water & air), Hippie, Fairies (Brian Froud), Dragons, some Gnomes, Discworld, Comics (less Superman, more Sandman), Skulls, Tarot Images...
CRAFTING SUPPLIES: beads (not seed beads, I have tons), ribbons, small doll eyes, laces, small fake flowers, feathers, cabochons, yarns, gears, small screws, watch faces, old or broken watches, old or broken jewellery, Scrabble tiles, jigsaw puzzle pieces, old comic pages, leafing pens, ink pads, stamps, miniature statues, various small embellishments, your favorite glue/ adhesive...
RANDOM GOODIES/ WISHLIST: Stickers, gel pens, coloured markers, lucky star paper, interesting origami paper, fake eyelashes (strip and individual), nail stickers, phone charms, knee socks and stockings, handbags, coin purses, jewellery, hair clips/pins/bands, candles, incense,essential oils (earthy scents), handkerchiefs, scarves, crystals, finger-less glove patterns, lapel pins/ badges (my Mom collects these), old Ripley's Believe It or Not books/ images/ pages...
CANDY AND CHOCOLATE: I work in a fudge shop. We make all our own fudge, caramel, suckers, chocolates, brittles. I do love Asian snack foods and am willing to do small trades. If you ever want a small sweet added to a package just let me know.
I pretty much enjoy playing around with new items. If I can't make it work for me I never hesitate to find someone that loves it! I will re-gift if something isn't to my taste or I can't alter it to be.
This is a pretty short list, I think.
SCENTS: Patchouli, sandalwood, lavender, frankincense, vanilla and anything really 'sweet' smelling.
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